The scholarship funding helps defray the costs associated with visits to doctoral-granting institutions to explore opportunities for continued study and travel to professional meetings. It also can be used for graduate school applications, test fees and research materials, among other expenses.
The SDSU recipients are among 75 Sally Casanova Scholars for the upcoming academic year, selected by a committee of CSU and University of California representatives from among 304 applications. CSU’s Pre-Doctoral Program is intended in part to increase diversity within faculty ranks by supporting the doctoral aspirations of students, particularly those who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.
The award is named in memory of a former associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at CSU Dominguez Hills who launched the pre-doctoral program in 1989.